Dr Shep Wolsky, the founder of the Florida International Battery Seminar, died last week. He was 91.
Wolsky’s career was much bigger than battery conferences. He served in the Navy during the Second World War as an electronics technician and gained his PhD from Boston University in 1952.
He began his industrial career at Raytheon, working on early applications of the transistor, before moving to Duracell where he was VP of research and development for 15 years and helped to introduce Li-metal, Li-sulfur dioxide and Li-thionyl chloride batteries.
Upon retirement he founded the International Battery Seminar which he ran for 32 years, before selling up to Cambridge Enertech two years ago.
Cambridge EnerTech president Phillips Kuhl said: “Working on the International Battery Seminar until his passing, his passion and impact on the worldwide battery community was profound and he will be deeply missed. In recognition of Shep’s tremendous contributions to the field over so many years, the Annual Battery Innovator Award, given at the seminar each year, will become the Shep Wolsky Battery Innovator Award, in his honour.”